For the past few weeks I’ve had the option to utilize yoga for exercise with a small class twice a week at Company C. Last week our instructor was unable to lead our class so we had off, and I definitely missed it, and my back was sorer for not having the class. So, with definite delight and gratitude that our classes are back on, I’m reviewing two products that have helped make the class better for me: Balance From GoYoga All Purpose 1/2-Inch Extra Thick High Density Anti-Tear Exercise Yoga Mat with Carrying Strap and Sturdy and Dense Foam Yoga Block (set of 2) – Purple Color, Slip Resistant, 3x6x9.
I’ve taken yoga classes before, both in person and from prerecorded sessions. I had actually ordered the items as I had planned to do a very intense yoga program, however, before I could begin found out I was pregnant so was unable to start it. Instead, I was able to use them for my prenatal yoga which I did for several weeks, and now for my regular yoga class.
Unlike all other yoga mats that i have used before, this one ism by design, thicker. It’s supposed to be great for joints as well as those who have muscle soreness. Even with the pregnancy most of the time I’m not sore, yet the class I’m in has some positions and movements that do put stress on certain joints and muscles that are sore for me within the context of doing them. In particular, when putting pressure on my wrists or forearms, there is some resistance, so the mat has been helpful. The mat lays flat to give lots of areas of support, with the exception of one part that continues to fold inwards.
I had only used blocks sporadically at gyms, yet I thought they would be a good addition for my workouts. As both the blocks and mats came in several colors, I was able to get the blocks to match the mat. The size of the blocks is great, though I did discover that they are thinner than some other blocks including the ones supplied by Company C. They really help me stretch to a comfortable point when I can’t get my fingers to the mat in certain poses which happens a bit more often now than it would if I was in a yoga class while not pregnant.
While there are some mats and blocks that belong to Company C, I started bringing my own for my first class. The other mats are the more typical thin and flat ones that I am used to using. Interestingly, since I started using mine two other thicker mats have been purchased and are now in use. With two sides I could stand on the flat side or the raised side, I like the raised side as it makes it less likely that I will slip during the class.
One thing that was especially important to me was durability. Yet both the mat and the blocks so places of chipping and scratching and this is after less than two and a half months of use.
Despite the cosmetic damage, they are both great overall products that I do recommend and great values for the money.
I give both the mat and the blocks five baby booties out of five.